Definition of festival in English:


Syllabification: fes·ti·val
Pronunciation: /ˈfestəvəl


  • 1A day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration: a tabulation of saints' days and other festivals [as modifier]: a festival atmosphere
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    • We do celebrate more religious festivals than most schools, but the children enjoy it.
    • Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.
    • When my sister taught at a junior school they celebrated all the religious festivals.
    fair, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, celebrations, festivities, festholy day, feast day, saint's day, commemoration, day of observance
  • 1.1An annual celebration or anniversary: highlights of this year’s pumpkin festival
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    • Mike and his committee are determined to make their tenth anniversary festival a memorable one.
    • Jackie said the school would want to be a part of any city-wide anniversary festival.
    • The High School also plans to hold an annual technology festival for children from local primary schools.
  • 1.2An organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place: numbers that are still heard at traditional jazz festivals
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    • The films were hand picked by organisers who travelled and networked with major international film festivals.
    • Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.
    • It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.


Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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